AMD have just released more details for two new Ryzen CPU options and a new motherboard series – and it’s all looking really good!
Taking a closer look at the duo of new CPU options named the Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3300X, and comparing them with the current Ryzen 3 3200G & 3400G options the main difference is the included AMD integrated graphics on the ‘G’ models, which is nice to have, but we gamers like to add dedicated graphics cards so we don’t actually need that at all.
And that’s what makes these new AMD CPU options so appealing!
Because they don’t have any integrated graphics built-in, they are both likely to be less expensive than the current 3rd Ryzen gen options.
That aside it’s just more good news 🙂 Both Ryzen 3 options are sporting 4 cores and 8 threads of processing goodness, with the 3300X having clock speeds just that little bit higher, so it deserves to wear that ‘X’ badge.
Ryzen 3100 – 4 Cores / 8 Threads – 3.6GHz Base Clock – Up to 3.9GHz Boost Clock – CPU Socket: AM4 – Recommended Ram Speed: 3200MHz – Ready for PCIe 4.0 – Includes Wraith Stealth Cooler
Ryzen 3300X – 4 Cores / 8 Threads – 3.8GHz Base Clock – Up to 4.3GHz Boost Clock – CPU Socket: AM4 – Recommended Ram Speed: 3200MHz – Ready for PCIe 4.0 – Includes Wraith Stealth Cooler
Looking good! Right now we’re treated to a range of very reasonably priced B450 and A320 series motherboard options for AM4 socket CPU, so when these CPU make their way into New Zealand we’ll already be good to go, but AMD have also begun teasing a new range of motherboards that they’re called the B550 series which will bring in a bunch of options that include some of the features we’re seeing currently on the significantly more expensive X570 series, namely PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots for ultra-fast storage.
These new AMD Ryzen CPU are both available for pre-orders now, and the arrival date for NZ is looking to be early June!
UPDATE: This promotion has now ended, see the latest AMD Rewards here!
UPDATE: This offer has been extended until May 30th!
AMD have a new RAISE THE GAME bonus offer for gamers in New Zealand!
For a limited time (and while code stocks last) you can register to redeem a BONUS AMD Rewards Key with select AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT, RX 5600 XT, RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT Graphics Cards or Gaming PC featuring this hardware!
This promotion is valid only on qualifying AMD purchases from February 4th 2020 – April 25th 2020, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in NZ)
Eligible models for Radeon RX AMD Rewards Raise the Game:
This new AMD Rewards Key offer unlocks an awesome game!
Resident Evil 3: Prepare yourself for a horrific survival experience, the game is a remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (from wayyy back in 1999), and follows Jill Valentine as she attempts to escape a zombie apocalypse while hunted by an intelligent bioweapon known as Nemesis. Based on the success of the awesome Resi2 remake we enjoyed in 2019 this one is going to be awesome!
PLEASE NOTE: Resident Evil 3 is set to release on 03/04/2020
Monster Hunter World Iceborne: The title calls out the latest expansion but worry not if you don’t own the original, this AMD game bonus redeems the Monster Hunter World + Iceborne expansion so you’re in for both!
And even more awesomeness awaits with the excellent AMD Rewards Xbox Game Pass subscription offer (limited time) on too!, which gives access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, available to download and play. Xbox will continue to add more diverse titles to the library, including new games from Xbox Game Studios and well-known PC game developers and publishers on the day the games are released.
As with previous AMD Rewards Key promotions, you’ll have to claim your key first and then activate it via the portal – this activation must be done with the AMD hardware fitted inside your system!
Step #1: Purchase an eligible AMD component or Gaming PC featuring this hardware from a participating retailer.
Step #2: Register your purchase to redeem your AMD REWARDS KEY from the retailer. (PB Tech in New Zealand)
Step #4: Enter your AMD REWARDS KEY on the page that follows the login (shown below) – IMPORTANT! You’ll need to redeem from the PC that has the AMD hardware fitted inside, you cannot redeem from your mobile device.
Step #5: A prompt will appear for verification, click OK to proceed and follow the prompts.
Step #6: Success! Proceed to the next step – we’re almost there!
Step #7: You’ll now see the ‘My Rewards’ screen, any game options will be available to your here.
Step #8: Game Pass example: Select the “Game Pass for PC” code that appeared, then click the activation link. IMPORTANT! Only click if you want to start the 3-month subscription, you can wait till near the end of the promotion if you want to (but don’t leave it too long, codes do expire!)
Step 9: Once you click the ‘activate’ link you’ll be taken to www.microsoft.com/redeem – login or create a new account to proceed.
Step #10: Redeem your AMD Rewards Game Pass in the new box that has appeared – you’ve done it!
If you get stuck at any stage of the activation process you can send a message to the AMD team directly via the eTicket Contact Form which is linked at the bottom of the AMD Rewards Support Page www.amdrewards.com/faq.
It’s pretty great just how good the AMD team are at responding to messages, our last ticket test was sent on 25/02/2020 and was responded to within 12 hours – well done AMD!
UPDATE: This promotion has now ended, see the latest AMD Rewards here!
Great news for those gearing up for their next Gaming PC build – AMD has announced an awesome new 3 Month Xbox Game Pass for PC Subscription BONUS offer available on selected AMD Ryzen CPU!
That’s right folks, Xbox Game Pass is coming to PC! It all started in August of 2019, when players gained unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, available to download and play.
Xbox continued to add more diverse titles to the library, including new games from Xbox Game Studios and well-known PC game developers and publishers on the day the games are released.
via Microsoft:Xbox Game Pass for PC will give players unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, from well-known PC game developers and publishers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, SEGA, and more. And just as we committed on the console, it is our intent to include new games from Xbox Game Studios in Xbox Game Pass for PC the same day as their global release, including titles from newly acquired studios like Obsidian and inXile. We’re working with over 75 developers and publishers to bring PC content to the service and we’ll ensure the library remains curated and full of great PC titles across a variety of genres, with new games added every month. Xbox Game Pass for PC members will also receive discounts in the Microsoft Store on Windows of up to 20% on games currently in the library and up to 10% off related game DLC and add-ons.
This offer is only available on selected AMD products, and only from authorized retailers (PB Tech in NZ)
Those top techs at Gigabyte have just released details for the new Z490 series of motherboards which are made to be used with the highest-end intel 10th Gen CPU options, such as the i9-10900KF, which is pretty darn fast!
What’s so important about the Z490? Well, because the 10th generation of Intel Core processors features new microarchitecture, they require a new socket type named LGA 1200, which is on the Z490 series, which means that older motherboards will not be compatible, even with BIOS updates. It’s very similar to what just happened with AMD’s latest ThreadRipper CPU series too, when that socket changed from TR4 to the new TRX40.
So if you’re wanting to build with the fastest parts, such as a new 10th gen i9 K series CPU, you’ll need to combine this with a Z490 motherboard.
Looking at the i9-10900K specifically we get an unlocked CPU with 10 cores and 20 threads. BUT! The increase in core count and stock frequencies will likely lead to higher power consumption, since in order to accomplish the goal of hitting 5.3GHz across all cores, a TDP above the standard 120w might be needed…
And that’s where AORUS Z490 motherboards come in to play.
Getting technical, Gigabyte have a 16-phase direct power design with highly durable DrMOS power stages to deliver 1440 Amps. Solid power pin connectors on the motherboards ensure that the power delivery is stable while reducing excess heat during overclocking to prevent throttling. The addition of Tantalum Polymer capacitors improves the transient response of the VRM between high and low loads, increasing the stability of the processor so that users won’t have to worry about overlocking failures caused by unstable power. Featuring a new and improved Fins-Array II heatsink design so each phase can hold up to 90 amps, the Z490 AORUS lineup is geared with the best power and thermal management to optimize overclocking performance on the 10-core K series processors.
There are a lot of models in the new Z490 lineup to choose from too, with options featuring expansive inputs, headers and slots as expected so we can pair them with the latest cases, but also nice new design tweaks are becoming standard, such as that integrated I/O shield we love. It’s all looking pretty darn good from Aorus and their Z490 series!
Now you might be thinking to yourself that the Aorus Z490 we’ve detailed above sounds a bit… extreme… and it definitely is 🙂 It’s one of the most high-end motherboards ever made! If you’re feeling not quite so extreme, and still want a great motherboard, you’ll be happy to know that one of the best things about Aorus is that they make motherboard options to suit all budgets and even the best value options, such as the awesome Aorus Z490 Elite AC are still feature-packed and ready to overclock!
Awesome fun times ahead for builders around the world, with a bunch of new Z490 motherboards from Gigabyte incoming to New Zealand, and then more just afterwards with the new H470, B460, and H410 chipsets too.
We’ll show you all the latest builds as soon we’re allowed too, so be sure to keep your eyes on the GGPC blog for the latest!
UPDATE: Congratulations to our May event winner – Marshall R!
That’s right folks! Get yourself a Good Gaming PC this month and you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig.
The G240 Gaming Mouse Pad provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.
A solid mouse pad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our Massive Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!
IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!
Our grand prize pack for May 2020 is an awesome gaming setup made up of three highly sought after pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear, and up first we’ve got audio covered with the awesome Logitech G432 Gaming Headset!
Featuring DTS Headphone:X 2.0 surround sound, powered by Logitech G HUB software, lets you hear enemies sneaking behind you, special ability cues, and immersive environments-all around you with 3D audio that goes beyond 7.1 channels to make you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action.
A 6mm microphone makes sure your squad mates can hear you, and with the popular flip-to-mute boom feature it can silence you when you don’t want to be heard.
Everything else about these headphones revolves around player comfort: The deluxe lightweight leatherette ear cups and headband are made to keep pressure off your ears. Pop it onto your head and you’ll be treated to the glorious audio that comes from the big 50mm drivers within.
Our lucky May winner is going need a great mouse too, and we’ve got one that’s all about ensuring your movements translate perfectly into your game, with no acceleration messing with your aim!
The award-winning Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse features Logitech’s exclusive Fusion Engine sensor technology that can reliably track over 500 inches per second and Logitech’s exclusive Delta Zero sensor technology for unrivalled accuracy.
With on-the-fly DPI switching, you have the flexibility to react to the chaos of battle with precision. Snipe a foe across the map (250 DPI) before fleeing in the blink of an eye (4000 DPI). It also boasts eight programmable buttons that can be configured for complex macros or single keystrokes and four DPI settings that can be shifted on the fly.
Certainly a great mouse for any gamer, but that’s not all we’ve got up for grabs this April. Completing the winners’ setup is a keyboard 4x faster than standard, the G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard was designed for gaming, featuring ultra-quick, responsive feedback that is up to 4x faster than the 8ms report rate of standard keyboards and an anti-ghosting matrix that keeps you in control when you press multiple gaming keys simultaneously.
The G213 Prodigy features Logitech keys that are specially tuned to deliver a superior tactile response and performance profile. At full height, they deliver a full 4mm travel distance, 50g actuation force, and a quiet sound operation.
Those wonderful peeps at ASUS ANZ have just kicked off a new promotion with a bunch of BONUS STEAM GIFT CARDS available to those who grabbing selected ASUS monitors, graphics cards, motherboards, routers and more!
This promotion is valid on eligible purchases from 9th April – 21st May 2020, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in NZ).
Getting your steam gift card is easy, but the value of your gift card bonus does depend on the hardware purchased. Once you’ve got your awesome new Asus hardware (you’ll need the serial number to redeem) simply visit the ASUS Event Redemption Page and follow the prompts to register for your sweet steam credit bonus.
There is a massive range of hardware included in this promotion, quick links below to all the models sorted by steam voucher value to make things even easier!
Woohoo what a bunch of greatness! We’ll keep an eye for any new arrivals and add them to our linked lists. If you’re thinking about which games to get we highly recommend Factoria right now, it’s really really good!
The new HTC Vive Cosmos Eliteincludes a game code for the latest virtual reality adventure – HALF-LIFE: ALYX!
That’s right folks, Half-Life makes its triumphant return in 2020 with an all-new game exclusively for VR. It’s the story of an impossible fight against a vicious alien race known as the Combine, set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2.
Playing as Alyx Vance, you are humanity’s only chance for survival. The Combine’s control of the planet since the Black Mesa incident has only strengthened as they corral the remaining population in cities. Among them are some of Earth’s greatest scientists: you and your father, Dr. Eli Vance.
As founders of a fledgeling resistance, you’ve continued your clandestine scientific activity—performing critical research and building invaluable tools for the few humans brave enough to defy the Combine.
Every day, you learn more about your enemy, and every day you work toward finding a weakness.
Valve’s return to the Half-Life universe that started it all was built from the ground up for virtual reality. VR was built to enable the gameplay that sits at the heart of Half-Life.
Immerse yourself in deep environmental interactions, puzzle solving, world exploration, and visceral combat. Lean to aim around a broken wall and under a Barnacle to make an impossible shot. Rummage through shelves to find a healing syringe and some shotgun shells. Manipulate tools to hack alien interfaces. Toss a bottle through a window to distract an enemy. Rip a Headcrab off your face and throw it out the window!
Now onto the good stuff! This INTEL MASTER KEY code unlocks a range of awesome games, DLC and handy software.
Full Game Downloads:
Gears Tactics: A turn-based strategy game from one of the most acclaimed video game franchises – Gears of War. Outnumbered and fighting for survival, recruit and command your squad to hunt down an evil mastermind who makes monsters.
Hitman 2: Unravel the past of the elusive Shadow Client as you track your targets across new exotic locations and improvise the biggest kills in franchise history.
Dungeons 2: The Dungeon Lord is back – and this time he’s serious! Fulfil the Dungeon Lord’s insatiable quest for vengeance by recruiting fearsome new monsters from all corners of the underworld in order to undertake his evil bidding.
Halo Wars 2: Lead armies of Spartans and other Halo fighting forces like Warthogs, Scorpions and exciting new units in a brutal war against a terrifying new enemy. Featuring campaign, multiplayer, and the all-new Blitz mode, this is the biggest Halo battlefield ever.
In addition to all these, the Intel Master Key unlocks a bunch of handy software, DLC and subscriptions too.
Full Software: Corel VideoStudio Pro 2019, Corel Painter Essentials 7
Subscription/Credit: The Cycle – Intel Skin, World of Tanks (new account only), Origin Access (Basic 1 month), Overwolf – Game Capture Tools.